BARNSLEY will hold an official welcoming ceremony for its new mayor today.
Cllr Sarah-Jane Tattersall will be elected as the borough’s new mayor for 2022-23 at the annual full council meeting Barnsley Town Hall tomorrow evening.
Cllr Tattersall has represented St Helen’s Ward as a ward councillor since May 2012 and has previously served as deputy Mayor and sat on a number of council committees and boards.
The new mayor will be joined by her son, Ethan Tattersall, as her consort for the year.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on the role of mayor for my hometown.
“The role is an honour and privilege, and I will do my absolute best to fulfil my mayoral responsibilities.
“I will continue my commitment to keeping people safe and well and to supporting and strengthening our wonderful communities.
“I’m looking forward to offering support in any way I can and want to shine a light on all the positives that we’re achieving as we come back stronger from the pandemic.
“I am extremely passionate about my work, I love the people and borough of Barnsley and am very much looking forward to the year ahead.”
Retiring mayor, Cllr Carole Makinson, and her consort will be formally thanked for their hard work over the last 19 months.
She said: “I am so grateful and honoured to have not only been the Mayor of Barnsley.
“It’s fair to say my role as mayor has been a privilege and a challenge in equal measure.
“However, this last year has been wonderful to finally meet people face to face and I’ve had the privilege of representing Barnsley at many events, ranging from Freedom of the borough and our 50th year twinning anniversary to attending local coffee mornings and community events.
"I’d like to wish Cllr Tattersall a fulfilling and rewarding year in her new role as the Mayor and say a big thank you for all the support I’ve received from residents and colleagues.”
Residents are welcome to attend the annual full council meeting from 6pm, followed by the Mayor Making ceremony from the public gallery.